LAWS140 Civil Litigation and Practice

Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law

I. Course Number and Title
LAWS140 Civil Litigation and Practice
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
LAWS100 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course utilizes a learning management space to supplement course materials.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides students with an overview of the theory, procedure and mechanics of a lawsuit from fact gathering through judgment enforcement, with an emphasis on the Pennsylvania Court System.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:
    1. Understand the structure of state and federal court;
    2. Identify and explain the steps of file preparation and production of appropriate documentation/evidence for use in a law office and in court;
    3. Compose a complaint and complete the necessary steps of revision, including interviewing and fact gathering;
    4. Observe and describe the steps of a civil case from the initial filing to post judgment issues;
    5. Summarize the ethical considerations involved in the litigation process; and
    6. Demonstrate an understanding of the initial and final stages of a lawsuit, including post-trial issues.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:
    1. State and Federal Court Structure
    2. Evidence
    3. Interviewing
    4. Fact gathering
    5. Pleadings
    6. Trials
    7. Post-trial issues
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class or online participation, and/or projects as specified by the area faculty and described in the individual instructor's course syllabus are utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 4/99; Revised 4/05; New Core 8/2015; Revised 12/2015